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January 29, 2015


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5 simple steps to scoring delicious, stress-free game day fare

(BPT) - On game days, sports fans love to gather around the TV with family and friends, while treating themselves to fun foods and snacks. But hosting a gathering can keep you cooking in the kitchen when you’d rather be in on the action. Here’s an easy guide for creating delicious foods that will score big on flavor, while ensuring a stress-free experience for everyone involved - including you.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Newly dating to married for years: Top ways to celebrate Valentine's Day for any relationship stage
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re smitten after dating for only a month or your relationship has a soothing rhythm after many years of marriage, your affections deserve to be celebrated this Valentine’s Day. Finding the perfect way to say you care, however, is often easier said than done. Stop stressing and consider these top trends and unique gift ideas, all custom-fitted to the length of your relationship.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
The ultimate gesture to make her swoon on Valentine's Day
Updated: January 20, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you want to get your loved one something extra special this year without the extra hassle. The key to leaving her breathless is gifting classic and personal Valentine’s items that show you really care.

5 winter car care tips that save you money
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Winter is when car trouble can cause big financial problems. So how do you keep your car winter-ready for severe weather and protect your budget? The right preventive care is essential, and the good news is that there are many simple things you can do to get your car ready for extreme weather without blowing your budget.

Favorite flavors warm up winter recipes
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When you think of favorite winter dishes, what comes to mind? Do hearty soups and bold coffee seem like the best sources of warmth to sustain you through winter’s chill? For dishes that create comfort and warmth, don’t rule out one of the most-loved American flavors: peanut butter. Peanut butter adds flavor and flare to many dishes, from baked treats to main courses and everything in between.

Friday 01/16/2015
Teachers: Tips to bring classroom energy levels back to normal after break
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The start of the spring semester in the classroom is a great time for teachers to refresh the room so all learning goals can be accomplished before the end of the year. Sometimes a refresh involves disinfecting everything to help students stay healthy. Perhaps this year's refresh even involves incorporating some new decor and bright colors. This semester, help your students stay energized all spring long, right up until the final bell rings for summer break:

Thursday 01/15/2015
Triple play: 3 ways to add flare to traditional game-day fare
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When the holiday lights fade for another year, the excitement really begins with the arrival of big games and tournaments in top winter sports like football, basketball and hockey. If you’ll be playing game-day host for your team of fans, you know the flavors of the food you serve are as important as the clarity of your flat-screen TV.

The way to anyone's heart on Valentine's Day: Homemade baked goods
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - “Sweets for the sweet” will always be appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but what if your sweetheart isn’t a fan of boxed chocolates? Or perhaps you want to give an extra special gift by making it homemade? Baking a treat for your loved one is a great way to give a personal – and cost-effective – gift this year.

Friday 01/09/2015
Tips for maintaining your diesel vehicle during the winter months
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Gone are the days when the only diesel vehicles on the road were commercial and heavy duty trucks. According to, 44 new clean diesel car, truck and SUV models were available in the 2014 model year. Experts are predicting consumers will have more than 58 diesel vehicle models to choose from in North America by 2017.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
The amazingly simple psychology of successful New Year's resolutions
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The arrival of cold weather and Valentine’s day aren’t the only predictions you can reliably make about February each year. It’s a pretty safe bet that many resolutions passionately adopted in January will be broken by the end of February – if not sooner. New Year’s resolution success, however, is possible, and the first step in the right direction is to change your mindset.

What's your Valentine's Day personality? How anyone can make the day special
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or you don’t believe in Cupid at all, everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day in their own special way. From a fancy date or a girls’ night in, to a festive class party with the kids, there are activities, and treats, to suit every type of Valentine’s personality out there. Which one are you?

Monday 01/05/2015
5 Seasonal Invaders and How to Keep Them Out in the Cold
Updated: January 06, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - As winter rolls around, most households are busy digging out their winter coats and firing up the woodstove. However, few people realize that as they gear up for festivities, pest invaders like rodents, cockroaches and nuisance wildlife are just one foundation crack, open utility pipe entry point or broken basement window away.

Thursday 01/01/2015
Is 'hockey mom' the new 'soccer mom?'
Updated: January 08, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - American hockey participation has greatly increased since the early 1990’s, according to USA Hockey, the governing body for organized amateur ice hockey in the U.S. More than just a game, experts say hockey develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. In addition to athletic prowess, the game promotes confidence, pride, focus and responsibility.

Monday 12/29/2014
The best New Year's resolution? Don't make one
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - In 2014, the most popular New Year’s resolutions included losing weight and getting in shape, according to a study by the University of Scranton. If your health resolutions from last year have fallen by the wayside, you’re not alone. Don’t let last year repeat itself. Instead of setting large goals, focus on staying physically active and making healthier choices year round.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
El Día de los Reyes es una gran tradición para las familias hispanas
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Santa quizás este desempolvando sus botas para la nieve y preparándose para la entrega de regalos en Navidad pero los niños hispanos saben que la celebración no termina allí. Ellos esperaran otra visita y otra ronda de regalos después de Navidad, durante la celebración de El Día de los Reyes (Kings Day). El Día de los Tres Reyes, celebrado el 6 de enero, también conocido como La Fiesta de la Epifanía del Señor, para las familias hispanas es un momento muy especial del año. La fecha marca la culminación de los doce días de Navidad y conmemora a los tres reyes magos que viajaron desde lejos, llevándole regalos al niño Jesús.

Diabetes and holidays can go together better than chocolate and peanut butter
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are almost here, and with them comes plenty of feasting and merriment. Enjoying the season is important, but if you have a family member with diabetes, it’s also very important to maintain a healthy routine for managing the condition.

Monday 12/22/2014
Lack of flu preparedness: What you need to know to protect your family
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - In the middle of winter, snowstorms and severe weather might be top of mind, but when was the last time you thought about the flu? Are you one of the many individuals who don’t think the flu is serious until you experience it firsthand?

Saturday 12/20/2014
5 financial fitness habits to begin in the new year
Updated: December 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - While many people focus on personal health goals in the new year, the beginning of the year is also a great time to check your financial fitness. So how can you whip your finances into shape?

Friday 12/19/2014
Uncorking the Top Wine Trends of 2014 [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Will you be serving wine at your holiday gatherings this year? E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest family-owned winery, recently commissioned its inaugural Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey to identify the top trends of 2014. The survey explored everything from serving styles to wine on social media, food pairings and beyond. To see where you stack up among other American wine drinkers, visit for additional survey findings.

Can't keep a resolution? Outside support can help
Updated: December 26, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a traditional way to cap off the year, but once the ball drops it’s time to usher in a new beginning with New Year’s resolutions.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Simple tips for stylish holiday hosting
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The real reason we entertain
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
5 ways to make any purchase a smart purchase
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - You work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is waste it by buying the wrong product or investing in something of poor quality. So how do you know which product is the best? There is no definitive answer, of course, and marketing campaigns can be misleading. If you adhere to the steps below, however, you’ll find you’ll be generally happy with your purchases in the long run.

Last-minute fitness gifts can keep giving all year long
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - A good gift keeps on giving long after you’ve recycled the wrapping paper and put away the decorations. A great gift keeps giving in ways that change people’s lives for the better. This holiday season, give the people you love something that will contribute to their lives day after day, month after month. Instead of fruitcake, give the gift of fitness. It lasts even longer, and makes people much happier. Here are three gift ideas that will support health and wellness all year long.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

5 steps to safer Champagne celebrations
Posted: December 16, 2014

(BPT) - New year’s celebrations and Champagne go together like Times Square and sparkle. Yet for all its ability to elevate a celebration, opening bubbly is not without risks. A Champagne cork can fly up to 50 mph as it leaves the bottle – fast enough to shatter glass. If the cork hits an eye, it can cause bleeding, abrasions and even glaucoma. Follow these five tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to prevent a serious eye injury when opening your bubbly:

Friday 12/12/2014
6 holiday hacks for real moms
Posted: December 12, 2014

(BPT) - Everyone wants to throw the party friends rave about well into the new year. But busy folks just don’t have time to weave their own pine bough wreaths or turn paperbacks overflowing on the coffee table into an artfully arranged “tree” complete with a star and twinkling lights. You need ideas and you need them fast – and easy. You need holiday hacks for real moms! Here are six:

7 holiday shopping security tips for staying safe online
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - From Target to Home Depot to eBay, hundreds of millions of Americans had their personal data stolen in the last year, and most shoppers aren’t confident they will be safer any time soon. In fact, 55 percent of Americans worry their Social Security numbers will be stolen in the next year, according to a recent survey from data security company PKWARE. This holiday season, there’s never been a better time to know how to stay safe when shopping online.

Thursday 12/11/2014
Gifts That Wow, and What They Say About You
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Wow.

Freshen up your home with 5 colors for the new year
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - While you're making resolutions and setting goals for the new year, consider adding updating the look of your home to your list. If your walls are looking a little dated, follow these five color suggestions to give your space a renewed look.

Holiday home safety checklist
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when everyone spends a little less time focusing on their day-to-day lives and a little more time on family and friends. If you’re hosting at your home this year, you’re probably already preparing your decorations and your menu for the duration of their stay.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
5 tips for an easy, yet impressive cookie swap
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Making holidays special by celebrating unsung heroes
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays are about the home and celebrating time with friends and family. It’s a time to cherish the warmth, comfort and company of being around those we love most. For some, however, work keeps them away from the ones they love.

Make every guest feel home for the holidays in your house [Infographic]
Posted: December 09, 2014

(BPT) - Are you among the 60 percent of Americans who say they’ll host guests in their home this holiday season? The holidays are a wonderful time to visit with loved ones, but all those extra people in the house can cause stress. Stress-free hosting starts with the right tools that can help ensure your guests’ visits are as comfortable as possible. Some simple tips can help you create an inviting, well-prepared home so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy most. To learn more about how new appliances can save you energy, time and money throughout the holiday season and all year long, visit

5 essential winter home safety checks
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Home fires, carbon monoxide poisonings and home break-ins tend to increase during the winter months. If you’re aware of the increase in dangers to your home during the cold-weather season, you have the power to take precautions. Now is the perfect time for you and your family to review a few essential home safety checks.

Monday 12/08/2014
Hidden holiday hazard? Don't let foot pain dampen holiday spirits
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Americans spend just shy of 274 hours a year on shopping – or 45 minutes per day – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. It’s probably safe to say a good chunk of that time occurs during the holiday season. While much shopping takes place online, many people still head to stores, and those folks will be logging a lot of hours on their feet.

Friday 12/05/2014
How to enjoy your holiday without the stress
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s ironic that a time traditionally associated with good cheer and merriment can turn into a virtual nervous breakdown for so many people. High expectations paint the holidays as a time of fun and joy, and when people don’t feel this way they then feel even worse because they somehow aren’t living up to an idyllic portrait of the season.

How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this season
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The fall-to-winter transition brings harsher climates with drops in temperature and punishing winds across the country. Clothing and accessories will help protect most parts of your body but your face will almost always remain exposed, which can lead to skin damage if it’s not properly cared for.

5 ways to show your kids how to give back this holiday season and year round
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Any time is a great time for families to talk to their children about giving back and helping those who are less fortunate. Whether you're celebrating a holiday, special occasion, or still haven’t figured out your 2015 resolution, make giving back part of the conversation - from making financial donations to volunteering time and energy, giving can be easy and enjoyable.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Finding big-ticket bargains during the holiday season
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Bargain hunting is practically a sport, especially during the holiday shopping season. Deloitte‘s 2014 annual holiday survey predicts the average American will drop nearly $1,300 this holiday season. With that level of spending in mind, planning to save real money elsewhere is crucial to managing a household’s bottom line.

Don't let new year's fervor fizzle: 6 ways to achieve meaningful change
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Every year, many Americans resolve to change or improve something in their lives in the coming months. Too often, their January fervor to take control fizzles by February. But a new approach to managing resolutions could make 2015 the year you achieve meaningful, lasting change.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Consejos para agregarle un poco de glamour a tu mesa de cena para las fiestas
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Si serás el anfitrión de una reunión por las fiestas, es sencillo hacerlas especialmente memorables con una mesa que sea tan festiva y atractiva como la comida que sirvas en ella. Claro, prefieres disfrutar de la compañía de tu familia y amigos antes que estar pulimento plata; y puedes crear una mesa destellante rápida y fácilmente con las herramientas y los conocimientos adecuados:

The Most Dangerous Time of the Year? Safety Tips for the Holidays
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are here, and while you're admiring all of the beautiful presents wrapped and sitting under your tree, or getting excited about travel plans, it's also the perfect time for burglars and muggers to steal some seasonal cheer. (Remember the movie Home Alone?) It's enough to cast a Scrooge-like pall over what is traditionally "the most wonderful time of the year."

Last-minute shopping tips to check everyone off your holiday list
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The days are flying quickly past, and the holiday season will be over before you know it. If you haven’t completed – or even started – your holiday gift shopping yet, don’t worry; there’s still plenty of time to get everything accomplished.

Expert tips to protect your heart this winter
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Heart disease and stroke remain the two top killers of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Some research shows that heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holidays, no matter where you live, and more cardiac deaths occur on Christmas and New Year's day than on any other days of the year, according to a study by the University of California, San Diego and Tufts University School of Medicine published in the journal Circulation.

3 tips to create and stick to your financial goals this season
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Holiday sales are expected to reach more than $600 billion this year, an increase from 2013 according to the National Retail Federation. For the average household, that equates to spending $804 on gifts - up 5 percent from last year. And rest assured retailers will be pulling out all the stops to get you to spend more than you initially planned. That is why it’s easy to get carried away with the spirit of the season and overspend. But before you let Scrooge-like tendencies get the best of you, here are three tips to stress-free holiday spending.

Tuesday 12/02/2014
How to Boost Your Cell Phone's Signal for Safer Winter Travel
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - It's the bane of every cell phone user -- conversations that become garbled and calls that drop. These "dead zones," usually happen while you're on the road, and can be frustrating at best, while making you feel exposed and defenseless at worst. However, they also present a critical safety issue when driving during the winter.

Monday 12/01/2014
Remember, Christmas is meant to be fun! Make it special for your kids
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - How do you keep the magic of Christmas alive during the mad rush of the holidays? The trick to nurturing the sense of wonderment that is such a delight to watch in children, is simply to let kids be kids. Encourage imaginations to soar with a few special holiday traditions that allow them to truly believe in all the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus. Even though it’s busy, you will be glad you cherished this time of innocent enchantment while it lasted.

6 tips for managing your year-end tax planning
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - The end of 2014 is shaping up to be relatively quiet compared to the challenges of recent years - such as the fiscal cliff. After this year’s mid-term elections a lame duck Congress needs to fund the operations of the federal government, so it is possible new tax law changes could affect current income tax and financial planning. For the time being, though, the current laws provide the guidelines of how taxpayers need to plan.  

5 New Year's resolutions too simple to overlook
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - If you make New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. About half of Americans make special goals for each new year, according to University of Scranton research. Unfortunately, you’re also not alone if you break them, as only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution. Why do so many people fail, and furthermore, what’s the secret to success?

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